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Shaftesbury Wellness

A truly unique FREE experience

Throughout May, June and July there is an incredible opportunity to enjoy FREE Outdoor

Fun Fitness, Qi Gong, Yoga and Jazzercise 

Each session is delivered by an experienced instructor with an absolute passionate for the skill they teach, sharing techniques, knowledge and a very ‘real life approach’ their intention is to bring a sense wellness to body and mind, allowing you to experience a smile on the inside and the outside.

 Shaftesbury Wellness 2024 is supported by Shaftesbury Town Council in collaboration with Blackmore Vale Partnership.




Fun Fitness Instructor



Qi Gong








Jazzercise Instructors 


Hi, I am Rachel,


having spent most of my career in the food industry​, I decided to retrain in 2019 as a PT & Fitness Instructor at Bath University & then as a Nordic Walking Instructor. I've always been passionate about the outdoors & exercise, & the physical and mental benefits of working out.

Over the past 3 years I've worked to build a small business ( For Fitness Sake ) based on helping people get fitter and stronger for life without a gym, using the outdoors where possible.

My ethos is making fitness fun and accessible to all, but always working towards getting stronger for life and learning functional movement.​ My fun fitness classes usually involves games and fun and moving around a circuit for set work / rest periods, aiming to improve cardio vascular fitness, together with movement targeted at core, balance and strength work, always with different levels being catered for.

Movement is medicine!


26th June, 6th, 13th & 20th July

09:30 - 10:15

27th July 

08:30 - 09:15


Hi, I'm Poppy,

Qi Gong means energy work in Chinese. It is a gentle form of exercise, from the same family as Tai Chi. Soft, flowing movements combined with the breath and concentration, bring about a deep sense of well being and calm and you come away feeling immediately more settled and peaceful as you get your 'Qi' flowing. It is a moving meditation, a self healing form of exercise, and has many recognised health benefits. Both the NHS and Harvard Medical School promote the practice. It works along the same principals as acupunture, where needles are inserted at strategic points on the body- in Qi Gong, movement does the same as the needles, unblocking and releasing 'Qi' to promote a feeling of increased energy and well being. You are tuning into your subltle energetic body, something that one might not be aware of should Qi Gong not have crossed your path before.


27th April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May & 27th July.

10:30 - 11:15



Hi I'm Kirsty,


Some of you may know me already from the Castle Hill/ Wellness sessions over the past two years, if you don’t know me, I can’t wait to welcome you into the yoga session at Shaftesbury Wellness 2023! My passion is sharing all the benefits that yoga can bring to every body, to give you ways to feel amazing in your body, to find space within the mind to be still and to bring a genuine smile and sense of purpose to the journey you are on. So if you haven't yet experienced one of my yoga sessions, this is what to expect......classes never start like a 'normal' yoga class. We will take time to waken bodies and minds with light-hearted movement and time to have some fun - after all, there is plenty to celebrate being part of a free yoga session in one of the most beautiful places in the country! 

Then the journey really begins….I will guide you through ways to switch your body on into its most effective alignment, resulting in any stress or tension on the body dissolving and you stepping into a body that feels stable, strong and empowered. We will work through easy to follow natural movements for the body, explore yoga postures that bring a focus into the mind and awaken the whole of your being into the present moment and there you can simply ‘be’.

To finish, you will experience a short guided relaxation to fully restore your mind and body and feel ready to rejoin the world a happier, calmer version of yourself. See you on the mat!!


27th April & 27th July

11:30 - 12:30

29th June, 6th, 13th & 20th July

10:30 - 11:30



Hi we are Justine, Aga and Charity,


"Jazzercise is the original 'dance party workout' and still the worlds leading dance fitness program.

Each class includes a warm up, cardio dance fitness , strength & a stretch to cool down. Hand weights are optional ,we encourage the use of them for added benefits as part of your resistance workout.

Jazzercise believes you can create a stronger, happier, healthier life through fitness ; passionate to motivate and inspire customers, instructors and employees to live healthier, fitter lives.
Jazzercise develops fun and effective fitness routines and products that enhance the well-being of people of all ages and all abilities".


27th April, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd June & 27th July

9:30 - 10:15

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Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring?

  • For Yoga a mat if you have one and if you don't please bring a towel (something you can sit down on and use for any ground based movement).

  • For Qi Gong please bring a fold up chair if you would rather do the movements seated, if you need a fold up chair for Yoga please also bring along.

  • Some water

What do I wear?

Warm, comfortable clothes (Castle Hill is always much colder than you think so have an extra layer just in case!) and suitable footwear

What happens if it rains?  

Unfortunately the event will be cancelled. You will be contact via email if the event has to be cancelled at least an hour before the event is due to start.

Are there toilets or refreshments?

There are no toilets on site, nearest ones are in the Car Park and there are no refreshments on Castle Hill.

Is there parking?

No parking on Castle Hill, car parks in and around Shaftesbury, please ensure plenty of time for parking as it can be busy on a Saturday morning.

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